Fitness Instructors Can Have Fun Too!

Last Thursday started out with my 6am Circuit class.  I used the 80’s playlist!  Nothing gets an early morning class going like Michael Jackson’s “Beat It!”

I kicked some serious butt because I knew I was going to indulge in some extra calories that night…

What I’m really trying to say is, this is how I spent my Thursday:

With a great workout in the morning and margaritas at night!  Both with Jen & Ashley!

We headed downtown to Fajitas N Ritas.  LOVE this place.

First up?  Mango!

Next up?  Strawberry!

For dinner we ordered a double chicken fajita to split.  Note – a double, and NOT two singles.  Very important detail.  😉

Served with guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, and flour tortillas!  I stuck with the guacamole and pico de gallo, and stayed away from the sour cream.  I would have liked if this was a wheat tortilla instead, but oh well.

It was definitely a smart choice to split among the table – saves money and we all felt satisfied.  We munched on chips & salsa too!

Don’t ask me how, but after Fajitas N Ritas we ended up at South Station, on the red line, and then to Harvard Square we went!  Love spontaneity.

Why not continue the margs at Border Cafe?

Raspberry for yours truly.

Some silly pictures (in the boot shop?):

Inspiration for the title:  “Fitness Instructors Can Have Fun Too!”

And then I didn’t get home until almost 2 in the morning.  Whooooooops.  Such a fun night though, I haven’t laughed that hard in some time.  So many funny stories!  I seriously was crying laughing!

Normally I’d give my “It’s healthy to indulge and have nights out like this every once in a while” shpeel, but then I did pretty much the same the rest of the weekend because my college roomie was up visiting for the weekend.  Shoot.  Great time with my friends but needless to say, I’m happy to be back on track for the week.

Week’s Workout Plan

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  Cardio Cutz Class
  • Tuesday:  Two A Day, Kickboxing & Teaching Circuit
  • Wednesday:  Own cardio workout or my 2nd off day
  • Thursday:  Teaching morning Circuit
  • Friday:  Own cardio workout or my 2nd off day
  • Saturday:  Kickboxing at the Y or CBC

Do you like margaritas?  What’s your favorite kind?  Where’s your favorite place to get Mexican food?  Anyone else getting back on track this week?  What’s your week’s workout plan?

Happy Tuesday!

Guest Post! Time to Dust Off Your 2012 Goals

Good morning, folks!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Today I am very lucky to have Erin guest posting here.  Lots of words of wisdom to kick-start your week.  Enjoy!!

Hi everyone!  Erin here from Creative Soul in Motion and I am so excited to write a guest post for Athena.

So it’s only been a few weeks since I rang in the new year and already I feel like I’ve neglected my goals for 2012.

Between being so busy at work and trying to get back into the swing of things I haven’t really been focusing on the big picture. Rather I’ve been trying to get through everyday, which is fine itself. I mean commuting 45 minute each way to work, working for 8 – 9 hours a day, making a healthy dinner every night and preparing for the next day at work is a lot to do in one day.

First thing to do: give yourself some leeway. Know that it’s okay to focus on the day in front of you and try to make the best of it. There is nothing wrong with that. We’re all busy people and have a lot going on so just getting through each day with a smile on your face is a success on it’s own. However, we all wish for more than that.

We all have hopes and dreams that go beyond our 9-5 job and normal routine.

We all have ideas and passions that we’d like to dive into and discover a bit more.

Which is why it’s important to hold on to your 2012 goals and resolutions with both hands.

How to Stick to Your 2012 Goals

Rule #1 – Write down your goals.

The most important thing you can do to help you stick to your goals is to write them down. I find sitting down with a pen and paper and really thinking about what I want to do over the next 12 months to be a great exercise.

It helps me better understand what I truly hope to accomplish and what’s most important to me.

It can also help you realize which goals your heart really isn’t into and how much you’ll have time for.

Personally, I tend to take on too much so this year I tried to be very conscious of what I wanted to accomplish and why. This helped me cut some goals off the list that I wasn’t 100% committed to.

Also, as you can see I split my goals up into seasons because in my mind, it’s natural to flow with the seasons rather than against them. I also leave tons of room for more goals for the summer and fall since last year I learned that you can never tell what is going to change in a week let alone 6 months.

Finally, I’ve chosen two words to represent 2012: Continue to Flourish, read more about that here.

Rule #2 – Keep your goals where you can see them everyday.

Now, even though I may have let my 2012 goals sit on the back burner for the last few weeks I didn’t forget about them. I just wasn’t actively going after them. They were still on my mind and in my focus because I put them up where I can see them everyday.

As you can see I like to keep mine above my laptop. They are there to remind me that I have goals and dreams that I want to accomplish. They’re there to keep me focused on the bigger picture. They’re there because the phrase is true, “out of sight out of mind.”

Rule #3 – Make time for yourself and for your goals.

#1 and #2 are pretty easy to do. It took me about 5 minutes to jot down all of my goals and tape it up above my work station but here comes the hard part….

Putting those goals into action can only happen if you give yourself time.

Yea, I know we’re all busy but it’s not impossible and it’s definitely important to set aside time for yourself and your goals or else they will never happen. And then next year you’ll have the same goals as the year before and so on and so on. Now, I don’t have a magic wand that can slow down time or give you more than 24 hours in a day BUT here’s a few ways I make sure to keep myself moving closer and closer to my goals:

Literally make meetings with yourself where you can check in every week and see how you’re doing. I like to do this on Sundays so I can evaluate the last week and plan for the one coming up.

Choose 1 thing to work on every week. This way you’re not trying to do everything on your list in one week. Give yourself time and remember to be mindful and give it your undivided attention.

Set aside time everyday,even if it’s only 30 minutes, to do something for YOU and your goals. I like to do this right after getting home from work. I come home clean up a bit, change into comfy clothing and then choose one of my goals to work on. Maybe I write a chapter for my novel or sketch out a painting. Either way setting aside a little time everyday adds up!

Use the weekend! There is a lot of time between Saturday and Sunday and I bet you can find an hour or two for your goals. Maybe use that time to tackle one of your goals: try a new class at the gym, reconnect with an old friend or create healthy lunches for the week.

Rule #4 – Be flexible and re-evaluate when necessary.

Finally, if you find yourself constantly putting off your goals and getting frustrated over them and not empowered or inspired maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your goals. Don’t feel like you absolutely have to take ballet lessons because on January 1st you said you would. Maybe by February you realize that doesn’t interest you anymore.

Remember to be flexible and listen to your heart and your body. They’re usually smarter than your brain.

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They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

– Andy Warhol

What about you guys?  How are you doing with your 2012 goals?  What advice can you offer for how to make sure you stick with them? 

80’s Playlist & Circuit Stations

Sunday, why are you already here?

I’m having a little too much fun this weekend with the lovely Erica who is visiting from New York.  But more on that later this week.

For you guys, some 80’s jams to work out to.

Maybe even in this outfit?!

I mean, who doesn’t love 80’s music?  If that’s you, well, you’re lame sorry but this playlist is all 80’s!  Circuit Training folks, this is what I played in Tuesday night and Thursday classes.

If you’re looking to switch up the music on your iPod (maybe something instead of the Top 40 countdown?), these are great for energizing and getting you through a tough workout.

Like these circuit stations:

CIRCUIT ONE

  • Regular Bicep Curls (front)
  • Arm Walks (Hand, Hand, Forearm, Forearm)
  • Jog in place + speedbag arms
  • Decline Pushups
  • Tricep Dips on Bench 

CIRCUIT TWO

  • Diagonal Bicep Curls (side)
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Two Squat Pulses + One Squat Jump
  • Run-Ups on Step (facing step, up up down down)
  • Genie Oblique Twists (sitting on bench)

CIRCUIT THREE

  • Calf Raises + Front Arm Raise
  • Hip Raises (aka pelvic thrusts)
  • Alternating Front Lunges
  • Run-Ups on Step (straddle step, then up up down down)
  • Side to side step hops (hands on step, butt in air, hopping feet side to side)

Each of these moves should be done for one minute, followed by 30-45 seconds of cardio bursts.  So you would do 1 minute of bicep curls, 30-45 seconds of jumping jacks, 1 minute of arm walks, 30-45 seconds of jump rope, and so on.

Some ideas for cardio bursts?

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Jumping Jacks + Jabs Front or Jabs Side
  • Seal Jacks
  • Alternating Front Kicks
  • Alternating Back Kicks
  • Quick Feet / Runners
  • Jump Rope – in place, side to side, front and back, alternating feet, single leg
  • Ski Jumps
  • High Knees
  • Butt Kicks

As always, honor your bodies and injuries and make sure to check with a doctor before starting a new program.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!